My God, It's a River of Lights!
That's right fellow kids, yule time is upon the face of the northern hemisphere again and more than anything, a sublime sesh with twinkly, multi-colored and otherwise sculpturally presented holiday lights is just the ticket to transcendence that remains so elusive during the otherwise dark and gloomy winter months that are upcoming and guaranteed not to be bright. An Albuquerque tradition, this sparkling spectacular, The River of Lights happens at the ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden from Nov. 24 through Dec. 30. The lights blink on at 6pm daily but fizzle out about 9:30pm, so get there early, home-piece. The whole deal is closed on Dec. 24 and 25—hey if you wanna see lights on those nights, give me a buzz and we'll look into it!—but the price is right if you are looking for marvelous holiday enchantment any other time during the 2108 holiday season. For true light loving visitors, the Polar Express, a small train, is available to take riders out to meet Santa himself. Admission to the largest walk through festive lighting display in the state starts at $6 for children 3 through 12 years old. Adult admission begins at $12 and babies under 3 are free. A ride on the Polar Express is extra. Please inquire at the Botanic Garden, knowing that meeting the jolly old elf is well worth the extra feria. (August March)
Thursday Dec 6, 2018
Albuquerque, NM 87104
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N.M.'s largest all-original holiday light show with over 550 sculptures and millions of twinkling lights.
River of Lights is New Mexico's largest all-original holiday light show with over 550 sculptures and millions of twinkling lights! The show runs nightly from November 24 through December 30 from 6 to 9:30 p.m., EXCEPT for December 24 and 25th. Tickets purchased for River of Lights are good any night of the show, but not valid for Zoo, Garden, or Aquarium entrance prior to 6 p.m. on any day.
Park & Ride available on some nights. Visit www.riveroflights.org/parking for more info!
All proceeds from this fundraising event directly support the ABQ BioPark.